Oct 08

6 Wearable Technologies Most Helpful In The Classroom

By: Eileen Burton

google classTake a quick look at the world around us; the TVs are slimmer than ever before, the mobile phones have gone smarter and tablets are here to replace those big desktop computers. Everything has come under one single finger-touch of the user. Things are not done the same way now like they used to be a few decades ago.Wearable technology is growing with each passing day, increasing convenience and feasibility in every field and for every person. Times have also changed when it comes to wearable technology now. The growth of wearable technology is gaining extreme popularity after the extensive use of laptops and smartphones. Below is the list of wearable tech that will show you the positive impact it has made in the world and learn how you can take advantage of it, especially in your school:

1. Google Glass

Google glass has been recognized for changing the means of future education. Because of its cutting edge device, the process of learning for both the student and teacher is speeded up much smoother. Teachers can now capture video or photos and can share them with their students. Google glass also helps in making your very own short documentary about the subject being taught, which helps in enhancing the story telling in the classroom. It even has a wonderful feature of recording attendance by using facial recognition and even sends report cards to the parents directly that keeps the parent-teacher communication connected.” To read further please click here:  http://www.teachercast.net/6-wearable-technologies-that-are-most-helpful-in-the-classroom/

Oct 06

Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work

By:Angela Watson

disruptive in class“A teacher named Kerri recently emailed me to ask:

What do you do for that student that continually chooses to misbehave? We have tried everything but nothing fazes him and it’s sending a message to to the other students in my class that I have a different standard of behavior for him. I feel like I argue and nag all day with him and that isn’t the type of teacher I usually am.

If you can relate to Kerri, here are a few things to consider.

1) Don’t take the behavior personally

Unfortunately, there’s a kid like this in almost every classroom. Unless the student only misbehaves in your classroom, the problem is probably not with you. Don’t take it personally, and don’t feel like you are the cause of this child’s issues. The way you choose to interact with this child certainly impacts him and influences his behavior, but you cannot control him.

Remind yourself: I am not responsible for any choices but my own. I am not responsible for the root of his issues and refuse to blame myself for them. I will not waste my time and energy trying to control another person. I will focus on my actions and reactions, and being the type of teacher I want to be.

Kerri’s observation that she isn’t acting like the type of teacher she usually is? That feeling is what tends to be our undoing as teachers. We allow kids with extreme behavioral or socio-emotional issues to turn us into people we don’t want to be. We watch ourselves become the type of teacher who screams at a student, who shames them, who punishes out of desperation and frustration. We hate the person who we’ve become, and we blame the child for making us that way.” To read further please click here:



Oct 06

Teaching mixed-ability classes 1


students following dirctions“You may often be teaching a class which has students who are clearly of different levels. They may have different starting levels of English or they may learn at very different speeds – for any number of reasons.These are several strategies that a teacher can use to deal with this situation. This is the first of two articles on the topic.

Discussion and needs analysis
It is easy for students to get frustrated in a class of mixed ability. Stronger students may feel held back, weaker students may feel pressured. The teacher may feel stressed. The best solution to this is to have an open-class discussion about the classroom situation – to ensure the best for everyone it is better to acknowledge the situation and for everyone to agree how to deal with it. It is probably best to stage and structure the discussion.  

Needs Analysis
Use a needs analysis to prompt the students to reflect upon their learning style, learning strategies, language needs, learning enjoyment, motivation, language strengths and weaknesses. Questions that might be included are…

  • What kinds of class activities do you enjoy / benefit from?
  • Which language skill do you most wish to develop?
  • Do you prefer working individually or with a partner?
Oct 05

Six Ways You Can Tame Sunday Night Stress

By: Angela Stockman

teachers welcoming“It started my first year of teaching, and although things have improved dramatically over the last two decades, I’ve never completely overcome Sunday night stress.I deal with it far more often than I’d like to, and I know that many of my teacher friends do too. One of them just happens to be my neighbor, and when I tiptoe downstairs in the wee hours of a Monday morning to read myself back to sleep, I often notice the glow of lights in his living room too.It’s good to know I’m not alone, but I’d rather be sleeping. If you’re reading this post, I’m thinking you would be too. Perhaps these ideas will help you.

1. Devote the final hours of the week you are finishing to preparing yourself for the week ahead. Get current on your email and return all necessary calls. File the projects you’ve finished, prioritize the ones you need to tackle next, and tidy up your desk. Craft a must do list that includes your most important work projects as well as time for exercise and socialization. Add these to your list, regardless of how busy you are. At the very least, schedule time for a quick walk each day, and make plans to call or text friends during the week. Start each Sunday knowing when you’ll be able to catch up with those you care about face to face as well. Then create a may-do list. Everything else goes there.” To read further please click here: http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2015/10/six-ways-you-can-tame-sunday-night-stress.html

Oct 05

7 Habits for Teachers

By: morethanaworksheet.com

tired“Teaching is a wonderful job, and with it comes a lot of wonderful…paperwork. OK, that is definitely not the best part of the job. I want to share with you some habits that I developed to help me manage the paperwork (and my time) in the classroom.

I pretty much lived at school my first year teaching. I remember one night it was probably 8pm, and I was still back in my little portable working away, and I get a call on the school phone. “Sarah baby,” it was one of the sweet custodians, “you going home tonight?” I didn’t even realize the time and finally decided to call it a night. I had probably been at work since 6:30 am, too. And I probably brought a bag home. That’s just how it was for a while.

During my second year teaching, I began working on my Masters degree and had class several nights a week. That meant I actually had to leave school at a reasonable hour in order to get to class on time. By reasonable hour, I mean, sometimes I actually had to leave at the end of my workday. Gasp. And I was too spent after a full day of work and a full night of classes to do anything at home.

Because I had to, I developed some habits that carried over even after I finished the degree, and it helped me manage my time. And I almost never brought work home. Ok, I brought it home, but it sat in my bag and didn’t get touched until I carried the bag back to school the next day.

Here are some tips for getting work done and not living at school:”To read further please click here:  http://www.morethanaworksheet.com/2015/09/15/7-habits-that-helped-me-manage-the-paperwork-in-the-classroom/

Oct 05

Upgrade Your Lesson

By: Alice Keeler

teachhh“I have yet to make a perfect lesson. Lesson planning is hard. There are a lot of ideas for lessons that other teachers are doing that I do not know about. Lesson planning for 2015 is different than lesson planning for 1980. When I started teaching in 1999 I did not have to think about DOK levels, having students use technology, digital citizenship, students collaborating digitally and I certainly did not have to think about which technology tools I needed to learn and incorporate into my lesson plans. I think we all could use a little advice and help, why do this alone?


#lessonUP chat is on Thursdays at 9pm Eastern. The chat will focus on an area of lesson planning. During the chat, educators are encouraged to tweet their lesson plans or a short blurb about their lesson to invite suggestions on how to upgrade the lesson. The chat is run by @eduappsandmore. More details about the chat can be found at thepaperlesstrail.com/lessonup.” To read further please click here:  http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/10/04/upgrade-your-lesson-lessonup/

Oct 04

iPad Mania: 20 ideas for sparking interest in class with iPads

By: Matt Miller

ipad mini“When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad, it was a marvel that had the potential to make big change.

It was visually stunning. It was tactile. It shortened some work from minutes to seconds.

The iPad’s possibilities in education were seen quickly and have developed over time.

It’s easy to say that tech is just a tool, but if we don’t seek how we can leverage its potential, we’re shortchanging our students.

In our weekly half-hour #DitchBook chat (10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Mountain, 7 p.m. Pacific), we recently discussed how we can “Ditch That Textbook” with the iPad.

A Storify summary of all the tweets is available here, but here are 20 ideas that stuck out to me most:” To read further please click here:


Oct 04

5 Ways to Use Augmented Reality App Aurasma in Your Class

By:Med Kharbach

aurasma“Talking about augmented reality technology in teaching and learning the first thing that comes to mind is this wonderful app called Aurasma. Since its release a few years ago, Aurasma gained so much in popularity and several teachers have already embraced it within their classrooms. For those of you who are not yet familiar with how Aurasma works and how to use in it in your class, this handy guide from Apple in Education is a great resource to start with.”To read further please click here:


Oct 04

WeAreTeachers: Kid-Made Monopoly: A Fun Way to Teach Adding & Subtracting Decimals

By:Erin Bittman

mathschild“When practicing addition and subtraction with decimals, why not do it with a fun game of Monopoly made by your students?

Here’s how it works in my classroom:

First, students create a bank name and design a debit card with their bank’s logo. They also practice signing their name in cursive on the back of their card. (Click Kid Made Monopoly to download materials for game)
After students design their card, they think up a variety of different scenarios in which they might lose or gain money. Each student writes one of each (example: “Your air-conditioning went out, pay $200” or “You inherited $1,000″) on scrap paper. Once students write their scenarios, they fold their papers and put them into a basket.” To read further please click here:  http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2015/09/29/kid-made-monopoly-a-fun-way-to-teach-adding-subtracting-decimals

Oct 03

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids

By: Holly Korbey

dyslex“At a recent talk for special education teachers at the Los Angeles Unified School District, child development professor Maryanne Wolf urged educators to say the word dyslexia out loud.

“Don’t ever succumb to the idea that it’s going to develop out of something, or that it’s a disease,” she recalled telling teachers. “Dyslexia is a different brain organization that needs different teaching methods. It is never the fault of the child, but rather the responsibility of us who teach to find methods that work for that child.”

Wolf, who has a dyslexic son, is on a mission to spread the idea of “cerebrodiversity,” the idea that our brains are not uniform and we each learn differently. Yet when it comes to school, students with different brains can often have lives filled with frustration and anguish as they, and everyone around them, struggle to figure out what is wrong with them.

Diagnosing Dyslexia 

“Oh, she just hasn’t caught up yet,” is what Zanthe Taylor recalled her daughter Calliope’s teachers saying throughout first and second grades. Calliope, now 12, was in the slowest reading group at her Brooklyn private school, but teachers assured Taylor that Calliope was very bright and would catch up shortly.”To read further please click here:


Oct 03

5 Games That Teach You How to Code

By:Jacob Gube

games“These Web games will give you a fun and engaging introduction to the world of programming.           CodeCombat

CodeCombat is an HTML5 role-playing game (RPG) that teaches you fundamental programming concepts.

In CodeCombat, you play a hero adventuring through the game’s levels. The first level is Kithard Dungeon, which covers basic programming concepts. You’re faced with coding challenges throughout your journey, and if you overcome them, you’ll unlock the next level and earn experience points (XP) that you can use to improve your hero.” To read further please click here:


Oct 02

5 Tips for Flipping the Elementary Classroom

By: Rachel Lynette

flipp2“Sally from Teaching Redefined is sharing her top five tips for turning your elementary classroom into a flipped one! She’s come to love having a flipped classroom, and she wants to help more educators do this in their own classrooms.

A “flipped classroom” has become another trendy phrase in the education world. What does it actually mean? A flipped classroom means that students get their instruction in the form of videos that they watch for homework. Then, in class they practice the skill with the help of the teacher. This is flipped from the traditional model of in-class lectures followed by homework practice.
Flipped classrooms have become increasingly popular for math teachers, especially in the older grades. I’ve fallen in love with my own variation of a flipped classroom that fits perfectly with my elementary math students. These are my top tips for anyone interested in flipping the upper elementary math classroom. ” To read further please click here:http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2015/09/5-tips-for-flipping-elementary-classroom.html
Oct 02

Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started.

By: Angela Watson

makerspaceMakerspace is a rapidly growing trend in schools across the country, but to be honest, I’ve never implemented one myself, and I can’t quite picture the logistics of orchestrating a Makerspace. How do kids know what to do? How can you find out what they’re learning? How do you make time for that with all the other tasks crammed into the school day? And how do you keep the Makerspace from turning into a chaotic mess?

I wanted to get answers to these questions from teachers who have extensive Makerspace experience, and not just at the secondary level. So, I invited Cheryl Nelson and Wendy Goldfein of Get Caught Engineering to share how they’ve managed Makerspaces in their own classrooms and helped other elementary and middle school teachers get started, too. Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing your experiences below!

If you search a thesaurus for the word “make” you will find a plethora of great synonyms: create, cause, assemble, manufacture, achieve, invent, generate, produce, craft, build, construct, or generate. And that is exactly what happens in a Makerspace. It is truly an environment where one is only limited by one’s imagination. It mixes all aspects of STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math–and sprinkles it with imagination for an exploration of “what if.”

As we have integrated engineering lessons into our classrooms, we have watched as kids come up to us and asked, “Mrs. G, are there extra popsicles sticks? May I have them?” “Mrs. N, can I have this extra wire? Do you have any extra magnetic tape?”And when asked, ”Why do you want these items?” the answer invariably was “I just would like to build something with it.”  The desire to gather “stuff“ in order to “create things” became commonplace with our students.”To read further please click here: http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2015/09/makerspaces.html

Oct 01

A London school has banned all technology

By:Javier Espinoza

setting_up_classroom_ideas“An independent school in London has banned all types of technological devices – including smartphones, computers and televisions – and pupils aren’t allowed to use them even on holidays.Acorn School, which was founded in 2013 and has annual fees of up to £11,000, even asks parents to make the commitment to the sametechnology-free environment at home.The purpose of the ban of technology up to the age of 14, according to one of the founding parents of the school, is to help children become “active creators” rather than “passive consumers”.Andrew Thorne, chair of the boards of directors at Acorn School, which took its inspiration on the ban of technology from a school with the same name in Gloucestershire, said: “The purpose [of the ban on technology] is to allow children space to grow. So instead of turning them into consumers of technology and television, they have to learn to create their own activities.“It is about encouraging creativity so that the children are active creators rather than passive consumers.” To read further please click here:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11899724/A-London-school-has-banned-all-technology.html

Oct 01

Constructive Use of the iPad in the Humanities Classroom – One Teacher’s Experience

By:John Herring

ipad classTechnological Skepticism

One of the most formative books I read in college was a book by Neil Postman entitledAmusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show. First published in 1985, this work argues that the medium of communication influences the message. Postman analyzes the famous Kennedy vs. Nixon debate, considering the impact of television on their communication. He urges caution with regards to advancing technology.

While no Luddite, Postman believed that technology came with a price and unless we carefully examine the impact of technology we may find ourselves paying an unknown bill.

With Postman’s cautions in mind, for three years I have now taught humanities courses at Thales Academy, a network of private classical schools based in North Carolina. As a school, we emphasize studying the enduring subjects of mankind while utilizing the latest technological tools.

Our high schoolers each have iPads, as do all instructors. During my second year at Thales, I taught two 9th grade humanities courses (ancient literature and ancient history). The freshmen were brand new to the iPad as their main tool of education, and I was equally new to the problems and successes of the iPad in the humanities classroom.” To read further please click here:


Oct 01

3 Reasons Coding Should Be a Core Subject

By:Mark Engelberg

codinggg” The push to make computer science a core subject in K-12 schools is on of the hottest, most popular educational reform issues of our time. England has already done it, and other countries have plans to follow suit. Here in the U.S., everyone from politicians to parents is talking about it. In a recent poll commissioned by Google, two-thirds of parents said that computer science should be required learning in schools. And those parents are right. Here’s why…

  1. Pogramming is rapidly becoming a foundational skill that has value across disciplines. It is no surprise that scientists have come to rely on programming, but programming isn’t just for scientists! When you consider that computer programs are now used to analyze great works of art and literature to identify patterns, cross-connections and authenticity, one thing becomes clear: in nearly every field, those who understand how to program computers have a profound advantage over those who don’t.” To read further please click here: http://gettingsmart.com/2015/09/3-reasons-coding-should-be-a-core-subject/
Sep 30

Learn on the Go: The Essential Educator’s Guide to Podcasts

By:Matt Miller

poddToday, I was stuck. Being Monday, it was time for a new blog post.

Many days, I have ideas ready to go. I keep a list of them and add to it whenever I get a new one.

Today was not one of those days. Nothing on my blog post ideas list was speaking to me, and I was stumped.

So I did something that would have seemed counterproductive to me in the past — I went for a run, and I put my headphones on.

This would have felt like delaying the inevitable and wasting time to me before, but I knew two factors were playing in my favor:

Sep 30

Learn how the Internet actually works


internet“The Internet is part of nearly everything we do on a daily basis. But do you know how it all works? From WiFi to IP addresses to HTML to keeping information safe online, there’s a lot of important stuff going on that most of us don’t have the opportunity to learn more about.

Today, I’m so excited to share our new video series, “How the Internet works.”

In six short, introductory videos, you’ll get an inside look into foundational concepts of everything from wires to websites, taught by guest lecturers including the actual “Father of the Internet” Vint Cerf, Tumblr founder David Karp, and creators on teams at Google, Spotify, XBox, Symantec, and more.”To read further please click here:


Sep 30

How To Use Technology To Transform Your Workflow

By: Ann Fieldmann

teacher6“The new school year is underway and it is time to ask ourselves a couple of questions. What can I do to be more efficient and effective in my daily workflow? What tools can I use to target instruction? How can I connect with other educators?The first step is learning more about available resources. As you read this post, think about your current workflow. Which of these tools would be most beneficial to your workflow?The second step is taking action. Start with the tool that will be the biggest difference maker. Set aside a plan period each week initially to learn the tool and then use the tool regularly.Finally, keep a journal and reflect on the impact the tool has made on your workflow. How did students respond? What were the benefits? What are your future plans to continue using the tool?Here are six tools to tech up your classroom.” To read further please click here:  http://dailygenius.com/workflow/

Sep 30

7 ways to prioritize teaching tasks when EVERYTHING seems urgent

By: Angela Watson

teachers head banging“I believe it’s possible to be an great teacher while still having a great personal life. But that requires knowing how to figure out what’s most important, do it well, and let go of the rest.

Prioritizing tasks is the foundation of using your time effectively and working more efficiently. Here are 7 strategies to help you do that.

1) Recognize that you can’t do it all, and everything is not equally important

When your job starts to feel completely overwhelming and it seems like you could work 24 hours a day and still not be done with anything, chances are good that you’ve either lost sight of your priorities or never set them to begin with. You’ve allowed so many tasks to pile up on your plate that they all seem equally important, and it feels like the world will come crashing down if you don’t complete them all. Right now. Perfectly.

If you’re not sure whether a task is important, ask yourself, What would happen if I didn’t do this?

For example, what would the consequence be for not rewriting every misspelled word on every student’s paper? How would your lesson go if the worksheet you create doesn’t have adorable clip art? What would be the result of not color-coding your filing system, creating a lengthy welcome packet for your student teacher, or changing your bulletin board borders on a monthly basis?” To read further please click here:


Sep 28

How to Transform Educational Books into Professional Development.

By:Ross Cooper

prof develop“In the last post we explored three ways in which educational books can be used (or misused) during professional development to impede our progress. One of these points touches upon making professional development more focused by (1) starting with the end in mind (or with what enduring understandings you want participants to walk away), and then (2) focusing only on the parts of the book that pertain to these understandings.

In Instructional Coaching, Jim Knight talks about the “art form” of instructional coaches being able to take a book and present/teach its contents in a simplistic fashion.” To read further please click here:


Sep 28

How to Create a Brilliant Education Blog

screeenBy: digitalinformationworld.com

“Most teachers aren’t the most technically inclined people, but as the generations turn and the teachers of old are replaced by the teachers of new, the popularity of educating via the internet continues to soar. You see this everywhere via online university courses, online programs, online certificates, etc. It has never been easier to share information with anyone, anywhere in the world, thanks to the internet. So how do you wield this power to make a brilliant education blog?


Foundation consists of choosing your niche, setting up your domain and web hosting, then picking a theme that you will use for your blog. Without a strong foundation, whatever tall, glorified building you’re trying to create per se, will crumble.” To read further please click here:


Sep 27

Six Styles of Video Projects and Tools for Creating Them

By: Richard Byrne

videoss“The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below.” To read further please click here: http://practicaledtech.com/2015/09/20/practical-ed-tech-tip-of-the-week-six-styles-of-video-projects-and-tools-for-creating-them/

Sep 27

Top Ten Teacher Blogs



A huge site run by Ross Morrision McGill, when not occupied in his day job as a deputy head teacher in a school in a North London. You will find blog posts here every day or two, a selection of resources most aimed at school leaders but his 5 min lesson plan can be used by anyone wishing to reduce planning time. Buy one of his books or hire him for an event he must be the most promoted and popular teacher in the UK.


Creative, innovate, explore –teacher geek.

Rachel Jones , teacher and e-learning coordinator blogs from the frontline of teaching, trying new classroom methods and sharing her experiences online. If you’re looking for inspiration to spice up your lessons, this is the place to start. And there’s a fun meme section…and a book. Well worth investigating more.” To read further please click here:


Sep 26

Five emerging trends for innovative tech in education

By: Matt Ramirez

virtual reality“No longer simply future-gazing, technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are becoming firmly accepted by the education sector for adding value to learning experiences.

But what next for these technologies? Here are five trends to watch out for in further and higher education.

1. Taking Hollywood to learning

The silver screen may not be the first place you’d naturally take inspiration from for learning, but the tech currently being employed in Hollywood is sure to have an impact in the classrooms and lecture halls of the future.

Summer 2015’s big blockbuster, Jurassic World called on AR while filming, using a simple iPad app by visual effects company, Industrial Light and Magic to frame shots on location, in combination with a 3D structure sensor to measure camera depth. Essentially, this allowed the filmmakers to load their dinosaur models into the program and stick them onto the live image, so they could ‘see’ where the dinosaur would be, including judging depth, height and angle.” To read further please click here:


Sep 26

An Easy to Use Tool to Create Interactive Videos for Your Class

By:Med Kharbach

vldeo in educationZaption is a web tool and mobile app that enables you to create interactive video lessons. You can use videos from YouTube or Vimeo  and add to them a wide variety of interactive features to bring life to them. Add text, images, quizzes, polls and create an ongoing discussion around video content. Similar to MoocNote and videonot.es, Zaption is also ideal for flipped classroom.” To read further please click here:


Sep 26

Google unveils its Evernote-like Keep service for the iPhone and iPad

By:Brent Dirks

goog“Google has introduced yet another handy productivity app for iPhone and iPad users.

The company’s Keep service can be described as similar to Evernote. The main draw of the app is its ability to act as a note-taking hub. You can capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes using a number of devices. Along with written notes, you can add lists, photos, and audio.

To make sense of all the notes, you can organize and search them using different labels and colors.

Users can also take advantage of the interesting feature that will remind them about a note when at a specific place or time. For example, you can choose to pull up your shopping list when you enter a grocery store.

Google Keep is a universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini and can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.

You can also access the service on the Web here or directly from the Chrome Web browser on your Mac or PC.” To read further please click here:


Sep 25

12 Emerging Educational Uses of Technology That Are Most Exciting Right Now

By: Kelly Walsh

tecchnology“As we Enter a new School Year, Which Uses of Technology Hold the Most Promise to Impact Learning?

Well, it’s that time of year again … the start of a new school year. With it often comes the irresistible urge to make another list, or even better … many lists! Lists help us to plan, and they can also help us reflect and assess.

One list I really enjoy putting together as we head into a new academic year is an updated look at which educational uses of technology have shown the most promise over the last year. Which tools and techniques most excite me as I look forward to another year of striving for continuous improvement as a teacher, technologist, and #edtech advocate? And as different technology uses take the spotlight, which of them are standing out a little less?

So, looking back and thinking forward, here are a dozen instructional uses of technology that are the most compelling right now. Some of these are BIG ideas, driving real change in our classrooms and schools, and some are simpler concepts that are making small but meaningful changes in how we engage our students on a day to day basis.” To read further please click here: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/09/emerging-educational-uses-of-technology-most-exciting-now/

Sep 25

6 Ways to Implement a Math Workshop in your Classroom

By: GEI Editorial Team

mathema“In lieu of traditional math instruction, many educators are opting for group-focused workshops to increase student engagement. Implementing a math workshop can help students make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Workshops can also foster a greater enjoyment of math and boost students’ self-esteem. With common core testing standards that require students to explain their reasoning, an in-depth understanding of mathematics is especially important.

Elementary school teacher Alice Murphy developed a highly acclaimed math workshop model to help her students become better problem-solvers. Here is a summary of her approach:

  1. Organize supplies – Alice recommends using the plastic bins with handles and dividers to organize necessary supplies, which could include worksheets, writing implements, erasers, rulers, calculators, scissors, and grid paper. Have one bin for each group rotation.” To read further please click here:  http://geiendorsed.com/blog/curriculum/6-ways-to-implement-a-math-workshop-in-your-classroom/
Sep 25

Examples Of Student Work From My ELL History Classes

By: Larry Ferlazzo

classdisplayI’ve previously written posts about using the 3-2-1 strategy in classes (see The Best Ways To Use “3-2-1″ As An Instructional Strategy) and about using inductive learning (see The Best Resources About Inductive Learning & Teaching).

I thought readers might be interested in seeing some work representative of what’s being typically done in my English Language Learner U.S. and World History classes using those two strategies.

First off, World History students read a chapter on Hunter-Gatherers and, after applying a number of reading strategies, had to create a poster with these elements:

* Three words they thought are critical to understanding the chapter, what they mean, and why they think the words are so important

* Two phrases critical to understanding the chapter and why they think they are important

* One quotation critical to understanding the chapter why they think the quotation is important

* A drawing representing something important about the chapter

Students then shared them in a “speed-dating” style with multiple classmates, including asking each other questions using an academic question-starter sheet ” To read further please click here: